WASHINGTON — Three historians are recommending using quotes from key speeches by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to help represent the 34th president at a planned memorial in Washington.
The Eisenhower Memorial Commission is hosting a public forum Wednesday about which of Ike’s words should be included in the memorial, the design of which has been hotly debated.
Professor Louis Galambos of Johns Hopkins University, Professor Richard Striner of Washington College in Maryland and former Library of Congress historian Daun van Ee studied Eisenhower’s speeches to recommend six for consideration. There are two from Eisenhower as World War II general and four from Ike’s presidency.
The panel is recommending one passage from Eisenhower’s D-Day address to his troops during the June 6, 1944 invasion of Normandy, France.
“The tide has turned,” Eisenhower said. “The free men of the world are marching together to victory!”
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